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At Inveraray, we pride ourselves in the daily contribution to individual and community wellbeing. We believe that by sharing common values we can increase the opportunity of each individual in the community. Our board of directors and supporting committees, are a diverse group of individuals with a wide range of skills and expertise. Our goal is to make a difference in your life and those around you. This website will assist in your daily/weekly/annual communication with our Inveraray community. 

A Brief History of Inveraray

Inveraray Castle is one of the best known on the west coast of Scotland.  It has been the seat of the Campbell clan, the dukes of Argyll, for centuries. The present castle was erected in the 18th century, when the third Duke decided to rebuild the village of Inveraray.  Near the castle sits a low, two-arch bridge that spans the Aray River before it empties into the Atlantic Ocean: Thus the name Inver ('at the mouth of the ') Aray. 

Villanova's Inveraray is part of the original Simeaon Matlack home site, which dates from 1798.  The barn (now the home of the Nearneys) was built in 1858 on a 113-acre farm.  The farm was sold in 1896 for $28,000 and was sold again four years later for $40,000 to one of the Philadelphia Biddles.  In 1901, Craig Biddle build a mansion at the top of the hill and named it Laurento, for his first wife, Lauren; the mansion house was located approximately where 439 Inveraray now stands.  That same year he had constructed the stone wall that runs along Darby-Paoli Road, as well as the stone and wrought iron gates which two lions still guard.  

In 1910, after the present Willows land was sold, Laurento was purchased by Archibald Barklie, who renamed the estate Inver House.  He resided there until his death, in 1937.  The property then was sold to Simon Newman, husband of Helen Publicker, a daughter of the founder of Publicker Industries.  Publicker, the whiskey distillery that produced Inver House Scotch, had its plant in South Philadelphia; it was torn down to make way for the Walt Whitman bridge. 

Newman and his family lived at Inver House until he died, in 1976, after which the mansion became the subject of passive neglect.  In 1983 the estate and its surounding land was sold to Inveraray Associates, who constructed the present homes and landscaping. Today, Inveraray is a thriving community of some 68 homes, nestled in a unique environment of historic communities, parks and open spaces. Just next door to the estate which inspired the movie, 'The Philadelphia Story" and its grazing black Angus 'Ayrshire' cattle attracting landscape painters and minutes from the historic town of Wayne, PA, Inveraray has a unique balance of country living as part of the Main Line story.